Sounds of Lost Christchurch

Like many Christchurch inhabitants, Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero was forced out of its home by the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. Radio New Zealand House on the corner of Chester Street West and Durham St was damaged and has now been demolished and the Archives moved to temporary premises while a new permanent home is sought.

Within our collection we have many recordings which capture events and everyday moments in Christchurch locations that no longer exist – or have been changed forever by the seismic activity.

Spectrum – A Kind of Square Programme 1987
The Cathedral dominates the square but it’s the people who congregate there who make it the living hub of Christchurch. Jack Perkins explores Cathedral Square. This programme won a Mobil Radio Award. (duration: 27′35″)
Christchurch City Movie theatres
All seven of the inner city movie theatres mentioned in this 1953 promotional recording have now disappeared from the CBD. (duration: 1′25″)
The Clarendon Hotel and Wynford Vaughan-Thomas 1954
Crowds and broadcasters wait for Her Majesty the Queen to arrive at The Clarendon Hotel, 18 January 1954. (duration: 8′17″)
3ZB live commentary on VE Day
3ZB live report of celebrations in Cathedral Square on V.E. Day 1945. (duration: 6′33″)
Springbok Tour protests
Springbok Tour protests Christchurch 1981. (duration: 10′27″)
Queen Elizabeth II Park and Pool
This sporting complex was built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games and held many happy memories for those who took part, either as athletes or supporters. (duration: 7′34″)
The Civic Theatre, Manchester Street
The acoustics of the Civic Theatre and its organ were captured in this recording of a talent show performance, recorded in 1951. ‘Southern Cross’ by William Gray. Unidentified female vocalist with organ accompaniment by Ken Boniface. (duration: 3′37″)
Cathedral bells on birth of Prince Charles 1948
The bells of ChristChurch Cathedral ring out to mark the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. (duration: 2′25″)

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